South Cardinals Head Coach Joe Dean
Richwood native Joe Dean makes his second appearance in the North-South Football Classic this year. He previously served as an assistant coach to Jim Martin's South Cardinals staff in 1997.
He began his career in Education and Coaching at Meadow Bridge High School in 1976, where he was the freshmen basketball coach, while also leading the 7th and 8th grade teams. Joe moved to Gauley Bridge Middle School as head basketball coach from 1977 - 1997. From 1982 - 1987 and 1988 - 1997, he was Head Coach of the Boys & Girls Track teams at Gauley Bridge Middle School.
Joe began his football coaching career with Fayetteville High School as Athletic Trainer from 1982 - 1984, which included a Class A State Championship appearance for the Pirates.
In 1985, Joe moved to Midland Trail High School, where he has spent the past 29 years. He joined Jim Martin's football staff as an assistant coach. His duties included serving as Athletic Trainer, coaching the offensive line and linebackers. He was elevated to Defensive Coordinator in 1987 and continued in that role over for ten seasons.
Joe became Midland Trail's head football coach in 1997 and assistant track coach in 2000. During his time with the Patriots, Midland Trail has qualified for the playoffs 11 times. In 2001, the Patriots ended the regular season ranked #1 in the Class AA WVSSAC Ratings.
He is a 1972 graduate of Richwood High School and a 1976 graduate of Concord College. Joe has been selected to the Who's Who Among America's Teachers in 1992 and 2004.
Joe is the son of Richard and Dallace Dean. He is married to the former Sharon Ford of Orient Hill. The couple has one son, Joseph Dean II, a senior at Concord University.
South Cardinals Assistant Coach Lewis McClung
Lewis McClung is a 1986 graduate of Greenbrier West High School, where he participated in football, basketball and track. He graduated from Glenville State College in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, with a minor in Physics. Lewis also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education that includes teaching specializations in Biology, General Science and Mathematics. In 1998, he earned his MA Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Salem International University. Lewis has another MA Degree in Leadership Studies in 2000 from Marshall University.
Lewis worked at REIC Laboratories as an Aquatic Biologist prior to beginning his teaching career as a Math/Science instructor at Greenbrier East High School in the spring of 1991. He joined the faculty at Greenbrier West in 1998 prior to becoming Assistant Principal there in 2002.
He began his coaching career as a volunteer assistant on Coach Jim Hamric's staff at Spencer High School in 1990, where the Yellow Jackets lost to East Bank in the Class AA State Championship. Lewis moved to Rainelle Junior High as head football coach of the Rangers in 1991 and 1992. The following year, he joined Coach Howard Hylton's staff at Greenbrier West as an assistant, until being elevated to head coach of the Cavaliers in 2002.
Lewis has coaching experience in multiple sports and levels. At Rainelle Junior High, he was assistant boys basketball, assistant girls basketball, assistant boys track and head boys basketball coach. At Western Greenbrier Junior High, he served as head boys basketball coach. At Greenbrier West, he has been assistant boys basketball, assistant girls basketball, assistant boys track and head boys track coach. He was also Athletic Director at Greenbrier West.
Since Lewis became head football coach at Greenbrier West, the Cavaliers have qualified for the state playoffs eight times in 11 seasons, twice advancing to the state semifinals. Greenbrier West has captured five Coalfield Conference football championships and three Coalfield Conference track titles. The Cavaliers boys track team has won three Regional Championships. He has been Coalfield Conference Coach of the Year in football five times and three times in track, along with twice being a West Virginia Schools Athletic Coaches Association Regional Football Coach of the Year and the 2008 WVSSAC/NFHS West Virginia Boys Track Coach of the Year.
Lewis resides in Rupert. He was married to the former Joyce Queen until her untimely death from liver cancer in 2009. He has three daughters - Jennifer, Mary and Jessica and six grandchildren - Matthew and Jacob Murphy, Isla Queen, Alyssa and Lillian Wolfe, and Eli Tolley.
South Cardinals Assistant Coach Jim Martin
Jim Martin is a 1965 graduate of Nuttall High School in Fayette County. He served his country in the United States Air Force from 1966 - 1970, which included a tour of duty in Vietnam. Following his military service, he returned to West Virginia to pursue his degree. In 1974, he graduated from Concord College in Athens and received a Master's Degree in Guidance and Counseling from the College of Graduate Studies in 1980.
Jim began his coaching career at Oak Hill High School under Coach Tom Mason for a five-year stint. He became head football coach of the Mount Hope High School Mustangs for six seasons, before moving to Midland Trail High School Patriots as head coach for 12 years. Jim returned to Oak Hill in 1997 and led the Red Devils to the Class AAA playoffs in his first season. As a head coach, he has guided eleven teams to the playoffs - 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003.
After seven years at Oak Hill, Jim moved to North Carolina, where he became an assistant under Coach Jeff Smouse at Lumberton High School for one season. He moved to Sanford, NC, to join the football coaching staff and taking over as head track coach at Western Harnett High School for five years. Jim rejoined Coach Smouse's staff at Athens Drive High School for a year before coming back home to West Virginia. Today, he is an assistant under Coach John H. Lilly for the Woodrow Wilson High School Flying Eagles in Beckley.
This is Jim's fourth appearance in the North-South Football Classic. He was head coach of the South in 1997, and served as an Cardinals assistant in 1994 under Meadow Bridge's Larry McClintic and in 2000 under Don Jackson of James Monroe.
Jim is married to the former Virginia Siko of Bluefield. The couple has one son, Chris, and one daughter, Bridgette. They have three grandchildren - Caleb Parlier, Quinnlyn Parlier and Olivia Martin. Chris is married to Dr. Elizabeth McGhee and is a teacher and head football coach at Athens Drive High School in Raleigh, NC. Bridgette is married to Josh Parlier and is a teacher at Barboursville Elementary School.
South Cardinals Assistant Coach Randy Halsey
Randy Halsey currently serves as Associate Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator for the Midland Trail High School Patriots. He is a graduate of Meadow Bridge High School, where he was a member of Coach Larry McClintic's 1988 Class A State Championship football team that defeated the Pineville High School Minutemen at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown.
He began his coaching career in 1994 with the Rainelle Junior High Rangers. At Rainelle, then later with the Rupert Junior High Crimson Tide, he coached girls basketball, boys basketball and volleyball. His teams won several Western Greenbrier County Junior High Championships.
In 1997, Randy returned home to Meadow Bridge High School to coach the Wildcats first-ever volleyball program. He also took over as head coach of the girls middle school basketball squad and became an assistant in boys basketball. In three seasons, his volleyball team won the Coalfield Conference Championship and finished third in the Class AA-A Regional Tournament.
Randy is a graduate of Concord College in Athens and earned his Master's Degree from West Virginia University in 2004. He is married to the former Julee Eades. She is the daughter of the legendary former head football coach of the Ansted High School Highlanders and Midland Trail High School Patriots, Roger Eades. Randy and Julee live in Ansted and attend Ansted Baptist Church. He is a Social Studies teacher at Midland Trail.
North Bears Head Coach Jodi Mote
Jodi Mote joins a very select club this year. He joins George Washington High School head coach Steve Edwards, Jr. as the only other person to be a player, an assistant coach, and a head coach in the storied history of the North-South Football Classic.
He is a 1992 graduate of St. Marys High School in Pleasants County. As a senior in 1991, Jodi earned Class AA Second Team All-State, First Team All-Little Kanawha Conference and First Team All-Ohio Valley Athletic Conference honors as a fullback/linebacker for the Blue Devils. His playing career ended in the summer of 1992 as he was selected by Coach Jim Hamric of Spencer High School in West Virginia's North-South Football Classic, then in the Rudy Mumley OVAC All-Star Football Game. Jodi completed his MA degree in Special Education (LD, MI, BD, Autism K - 12) and has taught students with special needs since 1997 in Jackson, Wood, and Pleasants counties. He currently teaches children with Autism at St. Marys High School and was named the 2009 West Virginia Teacher of the Year for grades K - 12 by the West Virginia Chapter of the Autism Society of America.
He has been the head football coach of the St. Marys High School Blue Devils since 2002. In those 11 seasons, his teams made numerous playoff appearances while earning several Coach of the Year awards. Jodi is the winningest football coach in St. Marys history. He credits the success to his staff for their years of commitment and will forever treasure the memories that Coach Bill Hanlin continues to share with him, the staff, and the players. Jodi is a member of the West Virginia Athletic Coaches Association, the WVSSAC Coaches Football Committee, and the American Football Coaches Association.
Jodi is humbled and honored to be selected as the head coach of the North Bears. He gives his thanks to God for the wonderful opportunity to work with the directors, the staff and the players. He was an assistant coach for the Bears in the 2011 North-South Football Classic under Ravenswood High School Red Devils head coach Dick Sturm and served with Steve Sturm of Ravenswood and Bucky Stewart of Gilmer County.
Jodi's family has North-South Football Classic experience. His older brothers also participated in the event. Roddy Mote played in 1984 and Leslie Mote in 1989. Their father, Gail Mote, was an assistant coach in 1983 on the staff of Mike Hayden of Parkersburg South. He served with Paul "Bud" Billiard of Brooke and Frank Marcinko of Parkersburg High.
He is married to the former Mandy Long. They reside in St Marys with their three sons - Zac, Jay, and Noah, and two daughters in North Carolina - Bethany and Blakelyn.
North Bears Assistant Coach Sean Biser
Sean Biser has come full circle in his football career. A 1988 graduate of Keyser High School, he was a three-sport athlete, including selection as a Class AAA All-State Honorable Mention football player. Sean was also named to the Highland Football Conference and All-Area Football teams. He won the 1988 Class AAA State Wrestling Championship in the 189-lb. weight class and is a member of the Keyser High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
He attended West Liberty State College from 1988 - 1990, where he qualified for the NAIA National Wrestling Championship Tournament his freshman year. Sean transferred to West Virginia University (1990 - 1992) in Morgantown to pursue his football and wrestling careers. He made the WVU football team as a walk-on offensive guard under Coach Don Nehlen, prior to earning an athletic scholarship. Following his college career, Sean was invited to the Albany Firebirds Arena Football League training camp before returning to the Mountain State. He joined the NMLF Champion West Virginia Lightning and Charleston Rockets (1995 - 1997) and was named All-League at center.
Sean continued his football career through coaching. He was the offensive line and strength/conditioning coach for the Potomac State College Catamounts in 1993 - 1994. He moved to the Kanawha Valley and into the prep ranks as offensive line and defensive line coach at George Washington High School from 1997 - 1998, before returning to the Eastern Panhandle as the head football coach of Hampshire High School in Romney from 1999 - 2003. Sean led the Trojans to three Class AAA state playoff appearances, including the first in its 35-year school history.
He has also coaching wrestling at Dupont High School, George Washington High School and Keyser High School.
Moving to his alma mater in 2004, Sean became the head football coach at Keyser High School. He has a career record of 100-57, including qualifying for postseason in 10 of his 14 seasons as a head coach. In 2012, he guided the Keyser Golden Tornado to a runner-up finish in the Class AA State Championship game.
He is an active member of the West Virginia Athletic Coaches Association and the WVSSAC Football Coaches Committee. He was recently named the Dapper Dan Coach of the Year and the Potomac Valley Coach of the Year for 2012.
Sean teaches at the Mineral County Alternative School and resides in Keyser with his four sons - Tyler, Jacob, Jackson and Caden.
North Bears Assistant Coach Steve Barnhart
Steven Douglas Barnhart is a 1986 graduate of St Marys High School, where he played offensive tackle and defensive tackle. He was as a Class AA Second Team All-State and a First Team All-Little Kanawha Conference selection for the Blue Devils. He continued his football career as an offensive guard at Glenville State College.
Steve served as a military police officer in the United States Army for four years. He was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, and was deployed to Soto Cano Air Base in Honduras, Central America. For the past 16 years, he has been employed as a Process Leader for Momentive Performance Materials in Friendly, West Virginia.
He has served his community coaching several different sports throughout the last 19 years. He was a volunteer coach for 15 years in youth football, baseball, wrestling and basketball, and as a junior high school football coach in Virginia for two seasons. Steve moved to the high school ranks in 1996 as an assistant football coach at Frontier (Ohio) High School and stayed in that capacity until 2000. He was the offensive line and defensive line coach, along with two years as Special Teams Coordinator and Defensive Coordinator.
Steve has been an assistant football coach at his alma mater, St. Marys High School, for eight seasons. His duties include offensive line and defensive line, Defensive Coordinator for the Junior Varsity team, various special teams responsibilities, such as field goal and punt teams. During his time at St, Marys, he has coached four First Team and two Second Team All-State linemen for the Blue Devils. He is a member of the American Football Coaches Association and the West Virginia Athletic Coaches Association.
He is married to the former Maria Poling. The couple resides in St. Marys and share four children - Adrean, Robbie and Caitlyn. Their fourth child, Derek, is a recent graduate of St. Marys High School, where he received First Team All-State honors at linebacker last season and has recently signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his football career and education at Alderson-Broaddus. He is playing in this year's North-South Football Classic. The Barnhart's have four grandchildren - Ava, Ana, Parker and Lillianna.
North Bears Assistant Coach John Bowers
John Bowers makes his second appearance this year as an assistant coach in the North-South Football Classic. He is a 1992 graduate of Brooke High School, where he was a member of the Bruins 1990 Class AAA State Championship team in his junior season. Brooke finished that year ranked #23 nationally by USA Today. He was inducted into the Brooke High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007.
He is a 1996 Cum Laude graduate of Bethany College with a degree in Communications with emphasis in Public Relations. John was a four-year letterman and a three-year starter on the offensive line. As a senior, he was the squad's co-captain, named Second Team All-Presidents Athletic Conference offensive tackle as the Bison finished with a 7-3 record, and earned ECAC Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Following stints in sports communications at Duquesne University and Bethany College, John completed his Master's Degree in 1998 at West Virginia University in Special Education, gaining certification in Special Learning Disabilities and Emotional Behavior Disorders.
John began his coaching career under Coach Glen McNew at Morgantown High School in 1997 as the head JV coach before starting the MHS Freshmen program in 1998. The Mohigan ninth-graders were 26-5 with three consecutive undefeated seasons in his four years leading the program. In 2002, he was promoted to Offensive Coordinator, running backs and linebackers coach. As an assistant, the Mohigans won Class AAA State Championships in 2000 and 2002, with a runner-up finish in 1998.
In 2003, John was hired as head football coach at Morgantown High School after Coach McNew's retirement. In 10 seasons, John has a 104-24 record with back-to-back Class AAA State Championships in 2004 and 2005, eight semifinal appearances, a postseason mark of 20-8, and a 28-game winning streak. His 2004 and 2005 teams were ranked in the Top 20 in Tony Bianco.com's national poll. Morgantown has also claimed six North Central Athletic Conference championships, a pair of Two Rivers Athletic Conference titles, and one 5-A Ohio Valley Athletic Conference championship.
John was named NCAC Coach of the Year three times and a two-time recipient of the TRAC Coach of the Year award. In 2005, he was named State Football Coach of the Year and Coach of the Year in all sports in West Virginia. He has presented as a clinician over 20 times at various clinic including - WVU Football Clinic, Ohio Football Coaches Clinic, Pittsburgh Coach of the Year Clinic, among others. In 2006, he was an assistant to Parkersburg's Bernie Buttrey in the North-South Football Classic. John has twice represented West Virginia at the NFL Youth Football Summit in Canton, Ohio. He also helped create the Morgantown High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
John is a member of the Kingdom Evangelical Methodist Church and a board member of the Monongalia County CASA. He has been married to the former Kerry Susan Cain for 12 years. They have two sons, Maddox, 7, and Mason, 5. John assists his brother-in-law, Rev. Kevin Cain, in coordinating the Mohigan Football's Fellowship of Christian Athletes organization throughout the season.
Each year, not only does the WCHS-TV/FOX 11 North-South All-Star Football Classic feature outstanding players but also excellent coaches.
Below is a list of the gentlemen who have served as the head coaches for the Bears and Cardinals, respectively, since the bicentennial year of 1976 when North-South football showdowns returned to the Mountain State.
1976-Wayne Jamison, Bridgeport
1977-Buddy James, Parkersburg
1978-Kenny Wright, Pennsboro
1979-Granville Zopp, Buckhannon-Upshur
1980-Roy Michael, North Marion
1981-Bob Kaminsky, Martinsburg
1982-Dave Cisar, Magnolia
1983-Mike Hayden, Parkersburg South
1984-Vin Bonfilli, Morgantown
1985-Mike Skinner, Grafton
1986-Bud Billiard, Brooke
1987-Gary McCutcheon, East Fairmont
1988-Denny Price, Musselman
1989-Gary Barnette, South Harrison
1990-Frank Marino, Ripley
1991-Steve Safford, Point Pleasant
1992-Jim Hamric, Spencer
1993-Mike Linsky, John Marshall
1994-Mike Lucas, Wirt County
1995-Ron White, Wheeling Park
1996-Marshall Burdette, Parkersburg
1997-Glen McNew, Morgantown
1998-Gerry White, North Marion
1999-John Kelly, University
2000-Alan Fiddler, Moorefield
2001-Danny Tennant, Parkersburg Catholic
2002-Dave Walker, Martinsburg
2003-Bruce Carey, Bridgeport
2004-John Stender, Tyler Consolidated
2005-Mick Lantz, Frankfort
2006-Mike Skinner, Grafton
2007-Bernie Buttrey, Parkersburg
2008-Jim Rogers, Cameron
2009-Jimmy Frashier, Ripley
2010-Mark Nardone, Wheeling Park
2011-Dick Sturm, Ravenswood
2012-Tony Filberto, Oak Glen
2013-Jodi Mote, St. Marys
1976-John Chmara, Bluefield
1977-Carl Ward, Ceredo-Kenova
1978-Steve Edwards, Sr., George Washington
1979-Frank Vincent, Charleston
1980-Leon McCoy, Winfield
1981-Claude Miller, Huntington
1982-Bob Zopp, Greenbrier East
1983-Tootie Carter, Man
1984-Jim Thornburg, Barboursville
1985-John Chmara, Bluefield
1986-Homer Criddle, Greenbrier East
1987-Mickey Brown, Chapmanville
1988-Fred Taylor, Ravenswood
1989-Roger Jefferson, Capital
1990-Joe Cowley, Herbert Hoover
1991-Ralph Hensley, East Bank
1992-Blaine Wilkerson, Duval
1993-Ron Sirk, Clay County
1994-Larry McClintic, Meadow Bridge
1995-Dick Whitman, DuPont
1996-Ron Terry, Buffalo Wayne
1997-Jim Martin, Oak Hill
1998-Bill Dobbins, Nicholas County
1999-Robert Burdette, Nitro
2000-Don Jackson, James Monroe
2001-Frank Spangler, Fayetteville
2002-Bob Lemley, Poca
2003-Fred Simon, Bluefield
2004-Steve Edwards, Jr., George Washington
2005-Tommy Harmon, Wayne
2006-Chip McMillian, Cabell Midland
2007-Bob Mullett, Van
2008-Steve Stoffel, Sr., Herbert Hoover
2009-Benny Hopkins, Valley
2010-John H. Lilly, Beckley Woodrow Wilson
2011-Eddie Souk, Mt. Hope
2012-George Barker, Chapmanville
2013-Joe Dean, Midland Trail
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